One of the themes of my project is repetition, so obviously i have been drawn to repeat pattern.
For these drawings i have focused on a few key shapes of both male and female bums. I was thinking about the different ways i could make a repeat. I really like the idea of overlapping the shapes because it makes a more abstract image, however, the individual shape can be lost, which is not the case for the image on the left.
I used the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ book as reference to draw these images (my ability to fill a page has struck again!). Although they took a while, i thoroughly enjoyed drawing them because i got to analyse the actual structure of a pelvis and understand it from the inside. For these particular images, i was able to see the key differences between the male and female pelvis’.
I used a gouache wash to cover the background and drew the image in Indian ink with an ink nib pen.
I want to record actual shapes of people, so i tried using myself. The drawing on the left; i drew around myself with my back to the wall (where the paper was taped), this gave me good waist definition, but did not replicate the view of a bum as the shape of the front of your pelvis is different to the back. So, the image on the right, i stood with my front facing the wall and drew around myself again. This one worked really well as it showed the more smoother out shaped that you get from the rear.
This will come in useful when recreating the shapes in my practice, it will also be a great way to collect some primary research.
I got this idea from ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ which is a way of learning spellings that i used to do at school. I wanted to apply the technique here by looking at an image and drawing from it. I would do this three times from each image with a timed gap between each one. The aim was to help me understand the construction of a bum and isolate what i wanted to focus on.
From the drawing process, i found that on the third drawing i was focusing mainly on the outer edge of the figure and less on the shadows and shading. I also became more confident with the lines i was making because the shapes became familiar to me.
Overall, i really like this method because it makes sure that i draw what i see confidently which i can then take into other areas of y practice. I can also recognise the varieties of shapes that are out there.
I have been trying to find out why i want to do this project, so i can create a question i can answer for my dissertation. I want to do a monograph where i reflect upon my own practice as well as carrying out primary research. This will allow all of my work to link together and allow my research to be more opinion orientated. (I like facts, but they aren’t as interesting as what people think are they?)
These are my initial thoughts of areas i could explore:
- How can shape be manipulated?
- Movement – how this impacts the appearance.
- Age – how does shape alter over time?
- Look at objects that look like bums
- Men and Women – differences and similarities
- The impact of clothes
- Historical fashion and the bum
- Staged photos and natural photos (action)
- Other peoples’ interpretations of the shapes of bums
- Why do i smooth out the lines when i am not tracing?
- How many shapes are there?
- How can shape be interpreted?
- How does perspective alter the appearance?
- Use the Bum Jug as a starting/focus point
- Skeletal structure
- photograph my own bum everyday in what i am wearing
- ‘Does my bum look good in this?’ – ask people to wear what they think shows off their bum.
- Life drawing – understand the human form
- Why do i like bums?
- What is the preferred shape?
- What makes you a bum person?
- Why do people like bums?
- Why are we so intrigued with the human body? And why do i focus on bums?
In time i will narrow down where my interests lie as i go on with my drawings and bits of research.